Happy April Book Giveaway Month!

by J. Money on Thursday, April 1, 2010

I’ve got a crap ton of financial books to give away (like, 19 copies so far), so I thought we’d make April the month to dish ’em all out :) I’ll still be running my daily blog posts as normal, but every other day or so we’ll throw in a quick mini-review of a book to giveaway too.  Then, at the end of every weekend, I’ll select all the winners and ship ’em out!  Whatcha think about that?

We’ll start with an awesome one today too – just cuz I like y’all:

Book Giveaway#1: Shoo, Jimmy Choo!: The Modern Girl’s Guide to Spending Less and Saving More

SHOO, Jimmy Choo!Remember when Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw faced the brutal realization that she couldn’t buy her apartment because she’d already spent her money on a closet full of Manolos? Well, if Carrie had met Catey first – and read Shoo, Jimmy Choo!, of course – she’d already have owned her co-op, had a pile of savings and been on her way to a comfortable retirement! And Shoo, Jimmy Choo! can do the same thing for you!

About the author: Catey Hill

I am the Money Editor for the New York Daily News website (nydailynews.com). With Shoo, Jimmy Choo!, I set out to write a funny, practical “girlfriends guide” to personal finance for 20- and 30-something women. (The ones with a closet full of shoes…and the credit card bills to prove it.) With a “Girl, I’ve been there” voice along with worksheets and exercises, I help women evaluate why they spend, get out of debt, and create a savings and retirement plan that even allows for the occasional splurge (because really, who can live without at least the occasional mani-pedi or brand-new dress?). I cover spending, credit cards, student and auto loans, saving, investing, buying a home, and more.

TO WIN 1 OF 2 COPIES: Drop a comment with your most expensive shoe purchase :)  I realize this book is pretty girly (or 100% girly, really) but if you’re a dude this would make a most excellent present for your gf/wife/mistress! Good luck everyone. I will announce the winner on Sunday night.  Oh, and only those with valid U.S. addresses can win, sorry.

More via Amazon: Shoo, Jimmy Choo!: The Modern Girl’s Guide to Spending Less and Saving More

*GIVEAWAY NOW OVER* The Winners: “Teela” and Sarah Oneill!

{ 65 comments… read them below or add one }

1 1savvysaver April 1, 2010 at 8:37 am

The most I’ve paid for shoes was $109 for a paif of Coach flats.


2 philip April 1, 2010 at 8:54 am

Keep the book, but felt compelled to answer.

$425 for some Elephant Skin Cowboy Boots, Black Jacks. They are comfortable and look great!

Guess I am not the most frugal all the time but they should last forever basically. Figured I would start you out with a high number so others feel better about theirs.

Did you really quote an episode from sex and the city? Is that a common show for you? Just curious.


3 Kristin B. April 1, 2010 at 9:07 am

$99 for a pair of brown leather boots. I’m pretty frugal, even when it comes to shoes!


4 Ana April 1, 2010 at 9:09 am

$250 on a pair of leopard print -pony hair- peep toe-4inch high Mary Janes, they are SO perfect I have them in my closet, in shoe bags. I think I’ve only worn them once!!!

I did not feel so bad about the purchase because I mostly used Xmas gift $$$ money, would I spend the same amount out of pocket for the same shoe? Probably, they are just THAT perfect!


5 Cassandra April 1, 2010 at 9:09 am

The most expensive pair I’ve gotten was $200 Nine West boots..


6 Kai April 1, 2010 at 9:10 am

The most I’ve paid for shoes is $249 for a pair of of ballet flats. They are the most comfortable flats I have ever worn!


7 teela. April 1, 2010 at 9:14 am

$100 for a pair of clark ankle boots. totally worth it.


8 anne April 1, 2010 at 9:31 am

The most I’ve ever paid was $200 for a pair of black platform pumps from Cole Haan.

They went on sale my birthday weekend, and were comfortably perfect to wear for my upcoming job interviews.


9 Massey April 1, 2010 at 9:43 am

Requesting this book on behalf of my wife. She is terrible with money.

I don’t know the most expensive pair she has bought, but I do know she is trying to figure out a way to buy a pair of Christian Louboutin’s without me finding out. I think they are like $800.


10 Erin April 1, 2010 at 9:48 am

I ruin shoes faster than anyone. I pay more for tennis shoes than I ever do for heels. I don’t think I’ve paid more than $50 for a pair of heels.


11 Cindy April 1, 2010 at 9:51 am

Probably around $50 for tennis shoes. I honestly can’t remember spending more…


12 Joohee April 1, 2010 at 10:17 am

$40 converse sneakers. I always buy from the kid’s section because my feet are small enough. Then I wear shoes until they start falling apart.


13 Karilou April 1, 2010 at 10:18 am

I’m sure I haven’t spent the most on a single pair, but I’ve definitely spent in the $200-$300 more times than I’d like to admit. The most expensive were probably a pair of purple, patent-leather, peek-toe Ferragamo pumps. They were close to $300 (even though they were on sale in an outlet).


14 Red April 1, 2010 at 10:19 am

An excellent gift for your girlfriend/wife/mistress? Lol! You crack me up.

The most I’ve ever spent on shoes was $70 for a pair of tennis shoes senior year of high school. Since decluttering, I only have 8 pairs of shoes, but back when I was buying shoes like crazy, I bought everything at TJ Maxx. Got some great name brand stilettos for less than $40! :-D


15 Lulu April 1, 2010 at 10:22 am

I don’t really like shoes so I don’t spend a lot on them but the most I paid was $58 for a pair of boots (it was years ago and I forgot the name.)


16 sarah w April 1, 2010 at 10:30 am

90 for a pair of Teva brand winter style walking shoes. Wish I had better words for them – they were worth it – beautiful and practical in just the way I needed. The need to wear orthotics keeps me buying practical shoes.


17 Alex April 1, 2010 at 10:35 am

I’ve spent $330 on a pair of heels for one of my friends weddings. Only wore them for that day, and didn’t even make it through the entire reception because my feet were killing me. Yeah, sad I know. Not to mention that I buy at lease one pair of shoes every month. It’s bad — perhaps this book could help me!


18 Julia April 1, 2010 at 10:39 am

I spent $400 on a pair of black, knee-high boots with a ridiculous 4″ heel… because who doesn’t wear stiletto heels when its cold and icy/snowy outside? I still love them, though….
And, it has been 21 days since my last shoe purchase!


19 Jenna April 1, 2010 at 10:41 am

I love my shoes, but can’t reason with spending an arm and leg on them. Most would probably be $90 for tennis shoes. I always buy heels when they’re on sale. :)


20 Audrey April 1, 2010 at 10:48 am

Well, I just spent $49 bucks on a pair of shoes last night, but I’ll probably end up returning them. I think the most I’ve ever spent is about $129 or so. My past is so bad :(


21 chontz April 1, 2010 at 11:07 am

$125 for my first pair of “nice” work shoes…dark brown italian lace-ups, i still wear them after 8 years. i’ve replaced the soles once and the laces twice.


22 Tiffani April 1, 2010 at 11:14 am

A pair of Michael Kor winter boots for $375 in 2006 when I moved to NYC! On the postive side they are extremly warm and in good condition to this day…so I guess you can say I got my money worth – haha!


23 Jane April 1, 2010 at 11:18 am

Um… I spent $200 on orthopedic shoes once. (Yeah, I am probably not the target demographic for this book.) My wedding shoes are the most fabulous shoes I’ve owned (at least since My Little Pony cowboy boots went out of fashion), but they cost $70.


24 Jan April 1, 2010 at 11:34 am

I spent $150 for a pair of black patent leather Cole Haan pumps. They were originally $300+ but they were marked down so I couldn’t resist. They’re my “interview” shoes and have also been worn to many formal events.


25 Sam April 1, 2010 at 11:41 am

Every year I spend about $130 on a pair of boots that must meet a few requirements: comfortable for working outdoors in and cute. Well worth the $$$!


26 Falling Into Favor April 1, 2010 at 11:45 am

The most expensive shoes that I’ve purchased have been my Burberry rain boots! They were $199 without tax :)


27 tom April 1, 2010 at 11:57 am

J… I bet you look dam* good in those high heels. They really excentuate your calves.

I think the most I’ve spent is $75, I’m a high roller.


28 Chung Li April 1, 2010 at 12:05 pm

The most expensive purchase I’ve made for a ballet flat is $149 with tax.


29 Melissa McD April 1, 2010 at 12:41 pm

I believe the most expensive shoes I’ve purchased were around $70. I have been considering buying a pair of boots for more though but haven’t been able to bite the bullet yet!


30 Grace April 1, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I’m really cheap when it comes to shoes.. the most expensive pair I have ever owned was a $60 pair of New Balance Sneakers. I shop at payless for my “dressy” shoes.. flats and flipflops for the rest :) I don’t need to impress people with my shoes… I’m awesome on my own :-)


31 Christine April 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm

100 dollars for seychelles black satin 4 inch heels. Not on sale, but I had to have them!


32 Marianne B April 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm

The most I’ve ever spent on shoes was $150 for a pair of basic black knee high boots, but they turned out to be a terrible purchase, because I was living in Charleston, SC at the time, where it was rarely cold enough to justify wearing them. By the time I moved further north, my feet had inexplicably grown a size, and they no longer fit.


33 Carrie C April 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm

hmmm $200 stuart weitzman boots (on sale!)


34 Claudia April 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm

My last couple pairs of running shoes have been a little over $100, but I recently (6 months ago) bought a pair of black heels that I love for $100. I wear them every day at the office, so they’ve been worth it. Now if only I could bring myself to get rid of my other 10 pairs of black work shoes sitting beneath my desk that I’ll never wear because I’ve found True Shoe Love…


35 lindsay April 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm

$90 on running shoes. Saucony’s. Love them.


36 Lloyd L April 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm

$125 for a pair of Allen Edmonds from Nordstrom Rack. Discounted from $350.00.


37 Kevin April 1, 2010 at 2:37 pm

The most I’ve paid for shoes was $60 for a pair of Rockports


38 Cara April 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm

$595 Christian Louboutins. Luckily, they didn’t fit well, and I returned them.


39 Caity April 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than $100 on a pair of shoes… although, my signing bonus is kind of already partially ear marked for a pair of Louboutins :)


40 J. Money April 1, 2010 at 5:19 pm

WOW, you guys sure like your shoes! :) And no Philip, I didn’t write that summary of the book – I cheated and copied/pasted, haha…. But I do actually watch Sex & The City w/ the wifey every now and then..

I also just realized I forgot for you to leave contact info….oops. Sooo, just remember to check back on MONDAY for the winners, cool? And if you’re seeing this now before you leave your entry, leave contact info :)



41 Lisa April 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I think the most ever was a pair of shoes from Nordstrom for about $130…I don’t even know what brand they were but I haven’t come close since.


42 S. Sullivan April 1, 2010 at 7:08 pm

The most I’ve ever paid was $120 for a pair of Dansko’s and they are freaking U-G-L-Y, but I was working at a job where I was on my feet all day so it was totally worth it. (I guess…)


43 Tiffany April 1, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I’m pretty cheap when it comes to shoes…the most expensive shoes I’ve bought were my Dansko’s at $130. I thought I was crazy at the time…but I’ve been wearing them to work every day for a year now and they still look and feel brand spankin new!

I’ve actually perused “jimmy’s” and I just don’t get it…what the heck makes that shoe worth $400???? is it gold thread???


44 AceKen April 1, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Before my basketball league started, I dropped $140 on a pair of Nikes…never again! lol


45 Collette April 1, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Most I have ever spent on shoes was a pair of black stiletto Ettiene Aigner pointy toe pumps $95.00 and I konw in comparison that doesn’t seem like much, but for me, that was a huge amount of money then (and, shoot, it’s a nice chunk of change now!)


46 A. Moore April 2, 2010 at 12:04 am

I usually tend toward the $30 (or less) shoes, and I’m a sucker for clearance.

I have, however, purchased a pair of cowboy books for $90 – which I tend to wear on a daily basis. I also spent a good $75 on a pair of high heeled, knee high boots, which I’ve owned for years now. :) Love them both.


47 Grace L. April 2, 2010 at 10:00 am

I was just thinking, April is Financial Literacy Month.. so your book-giving-away actually is working towards this :) Just a thought.. I already posted my most expensive shoes.. :) Which I think might be the cheapest so far..


48 Laura April 2, 2010 at 10:59 am

I’ve never let myself spend more than $100. I think the most I’ve spent is $80 on some good brown dress up and down leathers. Oh so comfy, but I don’t take care of them like I should..


49 Mallory April 2, 2010 at 11:33 am

$895 for a pair of Yves Saint Laurent ankle booties..BUT I sold a purse to purchase them…that’s being resourceful, right?? Shoes are my weakness. To me shoes are a make it or break it to an outfit. I just can’t help it, I’m a second generation shoe fanatic lol


50 Vanessa April 2, 2010 at 11:54 am

I generally never splurge on shoes but I did spend $100 on Doc Martins way back in high school when I wanted to be grunge!


51 Sarah April 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm

The most I spent was $130-ish on a pair of Frye boots-they were on sale!


52 Danielle April 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I am not entering the contest in order to win the prize. I have the book. I have read it and it is wonderful. However, confession is good for the soles and my former shoe whoring is no secret. I can’t narrow it down to one pair, so I am going to talk about one sale.

Thanksgiving 2008. Saks presale. Chaos on the sales floor. Shoes were 75% off with an additional 50% off of the sales price. I got two pairs of Jimmy Choos, one pair of Kate Spades, a pair of Cole Haans and the most delicate and classy sexy pink peep toe Valentinos that you can imagine. Across the hall in the Fashion Show Mall was Nordstrom (Vegas is dangerous like that). Sale there too. Stuart Weitzman oscar shoe and kate spade mary janes that were merlot patent with leopard print pony. It was a tough afternoon out after work. Total investment for the day: Approximately $2600.

I think I went to DSW after that, but it really didn’t count. All of those shoes have been sold to pay off my debt. Yippee. I miss my shoes.


53 Iowagirl April 2, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Would probably have to be my Danskos? I buy way too many shoes to pay tons for them. Or, maybe my running shoes? Either way, approx $150!


54 Jackie April 2, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I paid $79 for a pair of 5.5 inch high camel-colored boots. First fashion purchase since getting my new job. I usually buy (really cute) shoes from Target or 60 percent off.
I promptly broke the 5.5 inch heel dancing 3 weeks later.
I was saving for a pair of Christian Louboutins, but unless I can get them insured against loss, I’ll keep my money.


55 Megan April 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I’ve always been cheap. So I’d say over the course of my life I haven’t paid more than $50 for a pair of shoes. Which is surprising if you consider how much time your feet are in shoes – I’m surprised I haven’t spent more!


56 Chris P April 2, 2010 at 6:50 pm

At one point in my life, I was into expensive shoes. Lots of them, including a $400 pair of classic black Manolo heels. Wore them forever and turned out to be a bargain based on wear!!


57 Bucksome Boomer April 3, 2010 at 8:36 am

Like Megan, I’m kind of cheap as well. The most I’ve paid for shoes is probably $45. (I say probably because I’m old and can’t remember every purchase).


58 sarah oneill April 3, 2010 at 10:48 am

I’m cheap by nature, but do love a pair of cute shoes. But seeing as though I am a SAHM, I don’t have a need for too many hot, sexy shoes. I tend to spend more on decent running shoes. The most I have ever paid for shoes was probably about $90. I enjoy going to tj maxx or marshalls and getting $30 heels, or strappy sandles.


59 negativenetworth April 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Mine was several years ago, when I was a stupid 20 year old…

I bought a pair of brown Italian heels with pink stitching…for $500. I still have them and wear them, but goodness I was stupid!


60 Jasmine April 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm

$150 for a very nice pair of leather boots. I still wear them and love them :)


61 Sandi April 4, 2010 at 3:24 am

My running shoes, $120. And worth every penny.


62 Miss Alpha April 4, 2010 at 8:50 am

The most I’ve ever paid for shoes was $120 for a pair of tennis shoes (you know, the special kind for wearing on the hard court) and $90 for a pair of hiking shoes. I’m pretty cheap… but since finding a pair of red Kate Spades at a second-hand shop, the big names have been calling mine.


63 Sandy Jordan April 4, 2010 at 11:01 am

The most I have spent on shoes would be $70 for a pair of Clarks but I wear them all the time and Clarks are such a great brand!


64 Tally April 4, 2010 at 11:18 pm

The most I spent was $195, for a pair of UGGS…… lol


65 J. Money April 4, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Thanks for entering everyone!

Winner 1: teela
Winner 2: sarah oneill

Be sure to hit me back guys so I can get your address and mail it out! Congrats!


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